|Sterling Silver Enshin Ring|
The day I finished the ring, I had a two year old girl come in for treatment. This particular girl has been poked and prodded all too much in her lifetime by medical people, so she can be particularly challenging to give a complete treatment to. Fortunately, she responds very well to acupressure and needle-less acupuncture techniques and it doesn't take much to improve her symptoms. On this day, she was shy to get treated with a teishin so I used the Enshin ring instead. The ring fit comfortably in my hands and with the dome portion on the palmar aspect of my fingers I was able to just hold her gently while allowing the dome stimulate the points of her abdomen, arms and legs. I also found I could grasp along the meridians of the arms and legs while simultaneously supplying direct pressure to specific acu-points. This is a very versatile tool. One thing that I was surprised to notice is that I wanted to use the small ball end more often when stroking the meridians, while I used the dome more often for direct pressure (actually both the dome and ball work well for direct pressure). It is counter-intuitive that the dome would not work as well for stroking or rubbing techniques because it's gentle curve seems to lend itself to that use. The larger surface area of the dome creates more friction so does not glide as smoothly as the small ball. This is especially notable on skin that is sticky or moist. Of course, the small ball is more yang and dispersing when used in this application so carefully matching the technique to the diagnosis is imperative.
I look forward to making more rings in the future. I think that incorporating texture and fluting into the dome of the Enshin ring could facilitate more active techniques. Stay tuned because I have really been wanting to make a derma roller ring!